Eric Yang is a development leader of federal business unit at Energy System Group. He has led and developed over $85 million energy performance projects range from $3 million to $50 million for federal government, higher education, K-12 schools, and medical facilities, including overseeing the development and optimization of large central plant, thermal storage analysis, CHP projects, and control upgrades. Mr. Yang is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). In addition to the CEM, Mr. Yang holds several other certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers, ASHRAE, and USGBC. Mr. Yang is also a licensed professional engineer in VA/MD with 15 years of industry experience.
Mr. Yang currently serves as subcommittee chairs on the Technical Committee of ASHRAE 7.6 Building Energy Performance and ASHRAE 7.5 Smart Building Systems. He also serves as an Industry Advisory Board Member of U.S.-China Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency at Lawrence National Berkeley Laboratory.
A broadly experienced engineer in the fields of facilities management, design and operation of highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and municipal engineering. Mr. Chisholm draws from his experience of about 40 years working that includes municipal government and Federal consulting. In more recent years, he has served with senior staff at a large facilities management organization where his versatility was put to use in increasing the reliable operations of critical facilities and reducing costs and resources used in managing buildings. He provides strategic planning advice to organizations that are looking to do long-term planning and minimizing operational costs while maximizing the longevity of their buildings. Mr. Chisholm also has knowledge and experience in district energy systems, geothermal systems, water source heat pumps, and stays informed on the latest advances in efficient and renewable technologies. Mr. Chisholm also provides commissioning services and expertise in construction disputes.
Kevin Chisholm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President at Edison Energy and located in the Washington DC area office, Doug Millar has over 26 years of experience with proven success in the field of optimized energy use, energy conservation, efficient HVAC in new construction, efficiency upgrades and implementation of capital projects in existing buildings. With extensive experience in energy management, mechanical systems, electric and renewable energy, Doug’s knowledge and capabilities are especially significant in developing and providing a total facility or campus aggregate solution. Mr. Millar has developed and managed multimillion dollar energy projects for key university, military, government, commercial and privately owned buildings throughout the U.S., having executed services for end use clients in over 30 states, including, Alaska, California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine and Texas.
Mike Dieterich, Energy & Sustainability Manager, AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Campus
Mr. Raj Shekar is working as an Energy and Commissioning Engineer in Baumann Consulting. He recently graduated from University of Maryland with a Mater’s in Energy Systems Engineering. His specializations are Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Modeling, HVAC & Lighting systems and Building Commissioning. During his master’s he worked as a research assistant conducting ASHRAE Level 2 and 3 Energy Audits across various buildings on UMD’s campus. He has been an active member in AEE UMD Student chapter and ASHRAE National Chapter since 2017.
Jared McGrath has four years of experience as an environmental engineer. His previous work experiences include floodplain mapping for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and designing sustainable urban farming solutions for the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he works as an Engineer for Eastern Research Group (ERG) on the facilities team, which plans renovation and construction projects for federal facilities while promoting energy efficiency and sustainable building principles.
Jared obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and his Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His Master’s thesis was titled, “Production of hydrogen fuel from sustainable biomass feedstocks via heterogeneous catalysis.” Since graduating, he has obtained his Engineer in Training (EIT), LEED Accredited Professional (AP), and Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) certifications. A native of Maryland, he now lives in Rockville and is a new member of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.
Mr. Ginzburg’s role is to estimate and propose building automation solutions to new and existing customers while developing new and maintaining existing client relations. Peter is a graduate of Penn State with a mechanical engineering major and engineering entrepreneurship minor. With an interest in efficiency, Peter developed and built a human electric hybrid vehicle that was featured on the Science channel. Peter’s primary goal with AEE is to bolster corporate relations and increase participation in AEE events.
Michael Barancewicz, CEM, CEP, CSDP, CDSM, CEA, BEP
Old Dominion University: BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
Virginia Tech: Executive Masters in Natural Resourcesichael Barancewicz
Old Dominion University: BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
Virginia Tech: Executive Masters in Natural Resources
Curt Hurst is a Customer Success Manager with EnerNOC helping customers understand and reduce energy costs. He has built a career on reducing consumption and producing energy.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University, he became a rotating machinery engineer at Air Products. He was a member of the operating team producing industrial gases including liquid hydrogen for the space shuttle. Large rotating machined required attention to detail for efficiency and heavy focus on safety. He used his experience of starting up GE LM2500 cogeneration facilities to move to the next phase of his career.
Curt was start up manager for American Ref-Fuel’s first Waste to Energy Facility in Hempstead Long Island. The facility was the first plant to use German DBA technology for processing household waste into energy. He used his solid engineering background to lead a team of engineers to complete the startup and pass the most difficult environmental performance test at the time. The facility became one of the most profitable waste to energy plant in the industry.
As the Principal Technical Advisor within the International Department, Crissy supports its international energy regulatory work for transitioning and emerging economies across its global portfolio of over 35 countries. NARUC leads peer-to-peer cross-sharing and technical assistance to empower regulator’s to drive impactful results within the energy sector.
Previously, Crissy has worked at the Maryland Public Service Commission, the Maryland Energy Administration, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, D&R International, and The Cadmus Group. Her technical specialties include energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, dynamic pricing and renewable energy. Crissy is also a Mentor for the International Confederation of Energy Regulators’ (ICER) Women in Energy Initiative. She has a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Maryland,
Kevin Chisholm, PE, CEM
Janine Finnell is the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), a global action network, which is building a community of leaders to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions for a more sustainable energy system, economy, and world. In founding LE, Ms. Finnell draws on an extensive domestic and international career in research, program and project management, communications, outreach, and management consulting in the energy, environmental, and sustainability field to organizations.
These include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in addition to state governments, non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry.
Ms. Finnell has produced over 40 reports and articles delineating recommendations relating to energy in agriculture and the food system, energy in the building, transportation, and industry
Board of Directors
Eric Yang P.E., CEM, CSDP, LEED AP, CGD
ASHRAE HBDP, CPMP, BEAP Syracuse University: MS – Mechanical Engineering
College Park and a M.S. in Environmental Sciences & Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. She is also accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
Arvind Srihari is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) with 14 years of experience in the Energy Management industry.
At Johnson Controls, Arvind currently serves as an Account Representative in the Chesapeake Area. As a strategic problem solver, Arvind focuses on improving existing and new facilities to allow the building owner to achieve business objectives. He also addresses customer’s operational and environmental objectives, needs and requirements.
Previously, Arvind has held roles as an Energy Manager, Measurement & Verification Engineer, Building Automation Engineer, and Commissioning Engineer in the Baltimore, New York Metro and Albany areas.
Arvind Srihari, CEM, CMVP
Account Representative, Johnson Controls
Chris Perry, EIT, CEM, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Analyst – Buildings Program
Emily McDuff, CEM, LEED AP, EIT
Energy Engineer, AECOM
Chris Perry has six years of experience in the energy efficiency industry. He began his career as an energy management engineer for a large engineering firm in Ohio, before transitioning to the role of sustainability consultant for a small commercial real estate sustainability firm in the Washington DC area. Currently, he works as a Senior Analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in the buildings program, where he leads smart commercial building research and advocates for energy-efficient building codes and equipment standards.
Chris obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University. Since graduating, he has obtained his Engineer in Training (EIT), LEED Accredited Professional (AP), and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certifications. He lives in Washington DC, and is an active member of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. He is currently pursuing his masters in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.
Ida Namur is a Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) with 15 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. At AECOM, Ida manages multidisciplinary teams of technical experts from all of AECOM's business lines across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific to create custom solutions for clients in the power, energy and life sciences market sectors. Ida works with both private sector and federal government clients in the US and abroad and is especially interested in projects that apply innovative solutions to complex sustainability challenges. Ida currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers
Originally from Norway, Ida came to the US in 1999 for college and obtained a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Hawaii Pacific University. Ida loves fencing, cooking, good wine and spending time outside with her husband and son.
Mike Dieterich is a LEED Accredited Professional, environmental scientist, bestselling author, and award-winning producer. Over the past decade, he has written policies and programs that support sustainable development. Professionally he works towards building a world where there is balance between profit, people, and the environment. Nationwide, he has helped communities and organizations find sustainable profitable solutions to complex problems.
Dieterich has been called upon as an expert for the US Congress, United Nations Climate Action Forum and has led conversations at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. His efforts have been featured in The New York Times and various national broadcast outlets. His TEDx talk, “A Zero Energy Water Waste Future,” focused on the future of energy, water, and waste reduction and zeroing in our communities. Most recently, his second TEDx Talk “The Time to RISE” focuses on resilience.
Mike has completed a research fellowship with the National Science Foundation, Rice University, and
attained the following certifications: LEED AP, Certification in Environmental Impact Assessments,
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B. S. Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
B. A. Communications, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
Roxana Maracineanu, C.E.M.
Ben Rupert is currently an independent commercial and industrial energy management consultant with more than 15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and refining efficiency programs in a variety of contexts and locations. He is also an aspiring stay at home dad with two amazing kids: An almost two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and a ten-month-old son. Prior to going rogue, Ben was the Vice President of Operations for the Benningfield Group, an energy and software consulting firm based in Folsom, CA. His focus was primarily on strategic business development and facilitating close collaboration with the State of California, regional utilities and the ISO (Independent System Operator).
Ben also spent many years living in the Seattle area, where he was employed as the Energy Manager for King County, Washington’s Department of Executive Services. In this role, he enabled King County to optimize utility resource usage and reduce operating costs in ~6 million square feet of owned and leased facilities. In less than three years, he brought in over $1.2 million in savings and outside revenue for conservation projects. He also coordinated
His focus switched from engineering to operations and community relations. The experience allowed a complete understanding of environmental regulations and pollution control equipment. As Vice President of Operations Curt was a key member of the company that grew from one facility to 6 with 700 employees. American Ref-Fuel set records for safety, environmental and financial performance, before the company was purchased by Covanta Energy.
He started up his own consulting business working with owners of small businesses. Helping owners improve organizational effectiveness and develop people was the primary focus. This was a great learning opportunity for Curt to learn sales and listening to customers.
One customer; The Hampshire Companies of Morristown, NJ, asked Curt to lead the outsourcing of their property management team. He built a team of real estate professionals that managed the properties valued at $1.6 Billion. The focus was on developing people, procurement of services, financial reporting and tenant relations. One success was adding $25 million dollars (25%) in value to a portfolio of self-storage facilities.
Curt hired EnerNOC to purchase and manage energy for the buildings in the portfolio. The relationship allowed him to return to energy as an EnerNOC employee. His focus was helping customers benefit from all services that EnerNOC was providing. Customers used procurement, demand management, energy intelligence software and energy services. Curt’s background in numerous industries allowed him to connect to customers and help them manage energy.
Cycling and Skiing are key outlets for being outdoors and recharging. As a cyclist, he was New Jersey State Champion as a Master Road Racer.
Vertical Market Leader, Education, HAVTECH
and directed Division conservation efforts by recommending and implementing diverse energy and water projects and policy initiatives. He represented the Division in all relevant policy development and implementation, and at public County Council hearings.
Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away (and prior to the aforementioned roles) he was once a Program Manager in Puget Sound Energy’s Energy Efficiency Services group, and in that role responsible for creation, coordination and implementation of Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency programs. Even longer ago, Ben was the Resource Conservation Manager for the City of Bellingham, WA and was able to create a solid foundation for Bellingham’s ongoing resource efficiency program through integrating conservation goals into all municipal departments.
While living in western Washington state, Ben became involved in and later led the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. He is a Certified Energy Manager and is excited to be getting involved with AEE’s National Capital Chapter.
Senior Mechanical Engineer: Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG)
fishing, motorsports, and competitive shooting. Bryan is always available to discuss sustainability and energy savings integration into your project and can be reached at Bryan.Bomer@dc.gov
membership is also a passion. He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech and while attending classes at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Arlington Virginia, he participated on teams working in South Africa reviewing water scarcity issues across the social, economic, and environmental spectrum.
Principal Technical Advisor, International Programs
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
Mr. Barancewicz has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He spent 16 years working with Dominion Virginia Power and has worked for Loudoun County Government for 17 years. Early in his career, he worked for NASA at Langley Research Center and served as a BOMA Tidewater Region Vice President. Mr. Barancewicz was a contributing author of The Greenhouse Gas Protocol for the U.S. Public Sector published by The World Resources Institute. He currently serves on the Board for the Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association and chaired VEPGA’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee for 3 years. In addition, he participates on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Climate, Energy & Environmental Policy Committee. Supporting the Association of Energy Engineers - National Capitol Chapter via Board
Douglas Millar, CEM, CDCP, EBCP
Vice President, Edison Energy
He was recognized as “Energy Engineer of the Year” in Region II (2016) and received “Outstanding Customer Care” award from United Technology Corporation. He has multiple publications in ASHRAE, including an article in ASHRAE Journal (2016) that championed an energy efficient ground-source heat pump system located in the soil of a Virginia Beach school yard.
She is passionate about energy, the environment, and the power of bringing together, and working with diverse teams. She is a team player and believes teamwork is one of the most valuable assets to be developed and encouraged.
Currently, Roxana serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers as the Year in Review and Awards Ceremony Chair
Jared McGrath, EIT, EMIT, LEED AP O+M
Environmental Engineer – Facilities Planning and Management
Mr. Kim is an energy expert with 10 years of experience helping organizations pursue energy independence and security through strategic energy planning, development of comprehensive energy programs, energy conservation strategies, and distributed generation technologies. Irwin provides strategic, technical, and management support for program development and specializes in designing mechanical building systems, evaluating utility-sponsored demand-side management programs, and implementing energy conservation measures. His support ranges from development of energy master plans and related top-level strategies all the way to detailed analysis of daily electrical load profiles and mechanical HVAC equipment control strategies. Irwin holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Energy
Ida Namur, CEP Market Sector Leader, DC Metro Power & Energy, AECOM
Sales Executive, Engineered Services Inc.
Mr. Bailey, an experienced energy professional, is responsible for helping HAVTECH deliver innovative HVAC products and services across business lines as the Vertical Market Leader for Education. Mark brings decades of experience in strategic marketing and implementation of building technology, business solutions and management skills to this new role.
Prior to joining the HAVTECH team, Mark led Education outreach for WGL Energy, developing strategic partnerships and delivering distributed generation (solar, cogeneration and microgrids) and energy efficiency solutions to K-12 and higher education customers in addition to government, business and healthcare organizations across the mid-Atlantic and beyond.
From 2012 – 2017, Mark was a senior manager at Lockheed Martin and managed the Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings program for Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI). The utility
Originally from India, Arvind came to the US in 2003 to pursue his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Energy Management at Oklahoma State University. He recently moved from Baltimore to Bowie with his wife, Hanorah. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, salsa dancing, running, hiking and gardening.
Solome places a priority on client management and has deep experience as an energy consultant for energy facilities management and HVAC. Prior to her time at DCSEU, Solome served as an Energy Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, working on zero energy buildings and energy efficiency. She was also an Energy Solutions Performance Engineer at Johnson Controls.
Solome holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University and Master of Science degree from George Washington University in Engineering Management with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Management. Solome is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and standing member of the Association of Energy Engineers.
Green Advantage certification in Commercial Developments, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Qualified Professional of Forest Stand Delineations and Forest Conservation Plans, ASTM certified on Phase I audits for commercial development, Building Performance Institute Energy Auditor Certified.
Additionally, his expertise includes the design and installation of combined heat and power projects (co-generation), generators with gas turbines and reciprocating engineers, as well as automatic transfer switches. Mr. Millar’s notable, current work includes the DBOOM of a 1.2MW Co-Gen plant, 7.5MW E-Power project, and 2.4MW Co-Gen in development at major hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Mr. Millar is a current board member of the AEE National Capital Chapter, and serves as a committee member on the Tysons Partnership Sustainability Council. He holds CEM, CBCP, and EBCP certifications. A U.S Navy Veteran (1984-1988), Doug has a BS in Finance from Rutgers University, as well as professional certifications from New York University and the Johnson Controls Institute of Milwaukee, further cultivating his industry expertise.
Emily McDuff is an energy engineer and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with AECOM. She works on energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability projects for public, private, and federal clients, ranging from energy audits and conservation measures to GHG mitigation climate action plans. Emily has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and B.A. in French from the University of Virginia. Emily is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and spent a year after college teaching English in rural France. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, yoga, and spending time outdoors.
sectors, and sustainable development policy mechanisms. Her research has been published in professional journals and magazines including Elsevier Journal, Resource magazine (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers), Choices (American Society of Agricultural Economics), and the Cogeneration Journal (American Society of Agricultural Engineers) and, most recently, on LinkedIn Pulse.
As a Managing Consultant at IBM, Global Business Services, Ms. Finnell served as a researcher, team leader and/or member of multi-faceted projects. She led a team to examine DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy pioneering role in supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in providing atomic batteries to power spacecraft conducting scientific missions in deep space (e.g., the Curiosity Mars Rover). Other accomplishments included evaluating 22 projects as a Green Star Judge to recognize employees who developed innovative green supply chains; and, advancing Smarter Planet and green building tools in federal markets.
Ms. Finnell also worked for the Wyoming Governor’s Office for Energy Conservation; the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments overseas; the Institute for Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge Associated Universities; DynCorp International/Meridian; and Technology & Management services. Her international experience includes living and working in Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.Ms. Finnell has been recognized for both her professional and voluntary efforts in the energy and environmental sectors including an IBM Global Services Excellence in Service Award for service rendered to DOE. She was been designated as a Local Conservation Hero, awarded by Virginia Conservation Network, for her leadership role and work performed in establishing Arlington County as a Community Wildlife Habitat. She has also received numerous awards from Toastmasters International in communications and leadership including “Area Governor of the Year.”
Giovanni Dinitto is a licensed EIT who is currently an Energy Engineer for Siemens Industry Inc. in Beltsville, MD. He helps businesses reduce their energy footprint by optimizing HVAC systems in commercial buildings. Previously, he was responsible for the ongoing measurement and verification of 20+ energy savings performance contracts with a total annual savings over
$3,500,000.He is originally from Northwest Florida where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University. While attending FSU, he worked for a forensic engineer who helped shape his investigative techniques and attention to detail. Today, he uses those skills to uncover the hidden energy savings opportunities in buildings throughout the DC metro area. He currently holds AEE certification as a CMVP and awaiting board approval for CEM.
Armin is an Industrial Controls Engineer for Hartfiel Automation, based in the Washington, DC region. In his role, he provides energy efficiency options as well as performance optimization for industry and manufacturing. His experience is in pharmaceutical, industrial, utility, and power generation, with specialization in machine and motion control.
Armin is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. For the past several years, he has become a vital part of the manufacturing community, helping companies hone their processes to become more efficient, reliable, and profitable. His verbal and written communication skills have been honed thanks to over 10 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park. The combination of engineering acumen and communication skill has been valuable, allowing him to interpret and translate technicallanguage for process development as well as C-Level clients.
Manager (CEM), a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)®. Irwin enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with his wife and friends.
program helped Maryland Pepco and Delmarva Power customers save energy and reduce utility costs through energy efficient building technology retrofits. The Lockheed team, led by Mark, was responsible for building over $70 million in contract value for Lockheed Martin during this period while delivering exemplary service to PHI’s utility customers.
In Mark’s first career, he led the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Programs that received over $6 billion in Federal program funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), targeting over 2300 state, tribal and local governments for efficiency and renewable energy projects. Over several decades, he also managed buildings energy efficiency research and state and local outreach programs (e.g. Energy Star, Clean Cities, Rebuild America and Energy Smart Schools) for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
When not developing and deploying energy and building technology innovation, Mark enjoys golfing, gardening and trying to keep up with the grandkids, with his wife and three grown children.
Bryan Bomer is a Program Analyst for the Green Building Division with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. In his current role, Bryan is responsible for the creation, implementation, and dissemination of new Green Building initiatives and programs.
Graduating from The Ohio State University, Bryan has a robust background of building science, sustainability consulting, electric utility program development and is an all-around residential green building guru. He spent ten years with the renowned Austin Energy Green Building program, working day to day with design and construction professionals on residential and multi-family projects. His programmatic accomplishments range from customized marketing, net zero analytics, and rating system development to public speaking and community involvement. He recently moved from Austin to Washington DC with his eight year old daughter Bernadette. He enjoys camping,
Villanova University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance
Holy Family University, Master of Science in Information Systems Management
Roxana is an energy professional with experience related to energy efficiency and sustainability, facility optimization, business analytics, data management, process improvement, and information systems development and deployment. She has a background working with large real estate owners and their service providers, and also with energy utilities for development of demand side programs, as well as identification of opportunities of energy efficiency improvements for customers.